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The Darkest Diets of Modeling

Models may seem healthy-ish on the catwalk, but behind the scenes it’s another story.


Models may seem beautiful on the catwalk, but behind the scenes they are going to drastic measures to achieve their look. A number of models have admitted that staying within the range of their ideal weight is difficult, considering the way the body’s metabolic cycle fluctuates intermittently. Getting into size zero clothes can be very challenging, especially for those who may have upped their calories while not working out constantly.

The Darkest Diets of Modeling

Odd Dieting Approaches

The Darkest Diets of ModelingMany subject themselves to crash diets and other unhealthy methods just to reach their targets on time. One model (whom we will not name) admits that she relies on one or more packs of cigarettes, laxatives, diet pills and even special injections that boost metabolism to get rid of fat quickly.

These injections consist of a hormone called HGC. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone naturally found in the placenta of pregnant women. It is generally pitched throughout the weight-loss community as an appetite suppressant and metabolism booster, and many models models administer shots into the thigh while eating less than 500 calories throughout the day. Not shockingly, when compared to a placebo substance, it has been proven that HCG injections do not have any advantages: the dangerous dieting method is useless.

The Darkest Diets of ModelingSome models and agents recommend hard, illegal drugs like cocaine and speed in the penultimate week before the show. These drugs are known to suppress appetite and speed up the central nervous system – and therefore metabolism – to prevent weight gain and encourage fat loss in the shortest span of time possible. Supermodels such as Kate Moss have admitted to taking different types of drugs to keep her ultra-skinny frame in top shape.

Some models have said that they practice hypnosis, and many have admitted that consuming cotton balls to feel full is common practice. The cotton balls are meant to absorb fat and water, and are usually ingested in the last few days before a big shoot or runway show.

 “Cleansing” Diets

The Darkest Diets of ModelingCleansing diets have become quite popular as models continue to search for the ideal approach that will get rid of bloating and extra pounds before the big event. Like the other tactics mentioned, the models who find themselves resorting to this dieting method may suffer from a variety of health and psychiatric conditions: loss of bone density, muscle deterioration, depression, irritability and dry skin. Scarily enough, despite the warnings against it, even the general, non-model public has fallen prey to juice and water cleanses. Going through these extreme diets can be very detrimental in the long term – and eventually deadly. There have been several instances in which models have passed out behind curtains. Several have even died as a result of malnutrition, most notably Ana Carolina Reston, who was just twenty-one when she passed away due to malnutrition caused by her anorexia.

When you think high-fashion models have it all, think again. There are real-life horror stories happening behind the scenes that will contrast the beautiful exterior to its dying interior.

Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 7 Comments

  1. This is tragic, that’s all. No matter what the industry bigwigs say, it’s exploitation of models that are too focused on their career. Not only it hurts the models, all this imagery can bring very real psychological harm to ordinary women. Not to mention teenage girls! I’m glad more action is being taken, like when France banned super-thin models some days ago…

    • Hannah Meyers

      I can’t believe that they even give illegal drugs to these girls. It’s just so appalling!

  2. Courtney Watson

    This is very sad 🙁 The fashion industry is a bit disgusting. Models SHOULD BE TREATED as people and NOT as lifeless dolls. It seems that the industry are pushing women further into horrible diseases of Anorexia and Bulimia which can take over their lives!


  3. Jen Spillane

    This is so sad. I agree with Sara and Zenab. The image they're encouraged to maintain isn't really attractive. It's truly an image, removed from reality, and that's probably part of why people find it enticing when they see it in print or in performance situations like runway shows. It seems otherwordly, and there's something appealing about that, even though in reality they just look sick.

  4. Hannah Mayers

    The truth is: I greatly admire models. Admittedly, there was a time in my life where I felt like I want to be one of them. But reading articles about models and how they try to maintain that “oozing” figure, I feel contented and happy that I’m not a model 🙂 It’s really hard to be a model… that’s all I can say!

  5. I agree with Sara, this is completely creepy and sad. The desperation to be skinny is inputted into their heads by others. Models endure a lot for fame. I can't do this. I wish all of this crap can stop.

  6. This is so creepy to me. The desperation comes from their superiors telling them they're not skinny enough, and comparing themselves to others. To think that Ana Carolina Reston died to reach a level of thin that, in reality, NO ONE finds attractive is devastating. I think people forget that eating disorders truly are a mental illness.

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